HumminGuru Review – Affordable Ultrasonic Record Cleaning?

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The relatively new HumminGuru record cleaner promises to deliver ultrasonic record cleaning power at an affordable price. Its compact size and all-in-one design will undoubtedly pique the interest of record collectors far and wide. To see how the unit performs, Sound Matters put the HumminGuru through its paces.  Ultrasonic cleaning for vinyl records is an interesting concept. It works by … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records – The Ultimate Guide

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With the resurgence of vinyl records, understanding how to clean vinyl records is more crucial than ever to preserve their unique sound and tactile listening enjoyment, marking them as the epitome of musical ownership. Ensuring the longevity of your beloved vinyl collection hinges significantly on maintaining the cleanliness of each record. Clean vinyl records not only guarantee a superior listening … Read More

Degritter MARK II Review: The World’s Best Ultrasonic Record Cleaner?

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The Estonian brand Degritter took the vinyl community by storm when it released its original Degritter record cleaning machine just a few short years ago.  The Degritter record cleaner quickly built a reputation for being one of the best ultrasonic record cleaning machines for home use. Not wanting to rest on their laurels, the Degritter MARK II promises even better performance. Can … Read More

Best Record Cleaning Machines

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If you’re the proud owner of a large vinyl record collection, or you want to step up your record cleaning game, a record cleaning machine is one of the best investments you can make. Yes, they require some investment up-front, but in the name of priceless record preservation and the pursuit of audio nirvana, they are worth every penny.  There … Read More

Pro-Ject VC-S3 Review – Better than the Compact Edition?

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Similarly to the new Pro-Ject VC-E2, the larger VC-S3 promises several upgrades. But does the larger model have the edge over its more compact counterpart? Is it better at cleaning vinyl records? Pro-Ject’s flagship vacuum record cleaning machine has undergone several upgrades over the years, moving from a simple MDF construction to the much more durable aluminum chassis we know … Read More

Pro-Ject VC-E2 Review – A Better Design?

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The original Pro-Ject VC-E allowed record collectors with limited space to enjoy the benefits of owning a vacuum record cleaning machine. Living in a home where space comes at a premium, the VC-E was a breath of fresh air as I’d long been eyeing up how I could fit the original larger design (or an Okki Nokki equivalent) somewhere in … Read More

Best Ultrasonic Record Cleaners for Super-Clean Vinyl

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Ultrasonic cleaning for vinyl records has grown immensely in popularity over recent years. The practice is a mainstay of the jewelry industry, favored for its ability to clean intricate, small crevices at a microscopic level.  Ultrasonic works by using high-frequency pressure sound waves to agitate a liquid, producing tiny cavitation bubbles. Lots of tiny bubbles produce forces that help to … Read More

How to Use a Record Brush – Avoid Damage!

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The humble carbon fiber record brush is an essential accessory for any turntable. If you don’t already own one, you should change that pretty quickly and start incorporating one into your daily playback routine. It’s good practice to use one before and after each play, as this will help to prevent dust and dirt building up into a bigger problem … Read More

How NOT to clean vinyl records

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Great vinyl records are clean vinyl records, that much is well understood. But with so much advice available on the internet, how can you determine which cleaning methods lead to vinyl nirvana, and which ones lead to frustration and regret? We’ve covered plenty of tried and tested cleaning methods at Sound Matters, but this article is different. This time, we’ll be … Read More